The Enthusiastick Fit: The Function and Fate of the Poet in Samuel Johnson's Rasselas

Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 103-126, 1991

24 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2010

Date Written: 1989

Abstract

This is a study on the history of literary theory and on Samuel Johnson's novel ‘The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia’ (1759). Johnson's literary theory as formulated in the novel is examined in the light of the aesthetic thought of his age. Johnson's relationships both with classicism and with empiricist pre-Romanticism must be interpreted taking into account the tension between the author's lucidity and his desire. The paper reflects on the problem of levels of intentionality and its stylistic traces on the textual surface. Johnson's text evinces two modes of textual coherence, as a result of ideological and emotional conflicts in the author's mind.

Keywords: Literary Theory, Pre-Romanticism, Neo-Classicism, Samuel Johnson, Poetics, Intentionality

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, The Enthusiastick Fit: The Function and Fate of the Poet in Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (1989). Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 103-126, 1991, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1594863

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